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Speaking Against Number: Heidegger, Language and the Politics of Calculation

Stuart Elden


Numbers and politics are inter-related at almost every level – be it the abstract geometry of understandings of territory, the explosion of population statistics and measures of economic standards, the popularity of utilitarianism, Rawlsian notions of justice, the notion of value or simply the very idea of political science. Time and space are reduced to co-ordinates, illustrating a very real take on the political: a way of measuring and controlling it. This book engages with the relation between politics and number through a reading, exegesis and critique of the work of Martin Heidegger. The ... More

Keywords: numbers, politics, territory, population statistics, economic standards, utilitarianism, Rawlsian justice, time, space, Martin Heidegger

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748619818
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Elden, author